Clark was appointed Administrator of the UNDP in April 2009 and is serving a four-year term. She is the first woman to lead the organization which helps countries build and share solutions to achieve poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery, as well as environment and energy for sustainable development. Clark oversees the UNDP's nearly $5 billion annual budget and more than 8,000 employees operating in 177 countries.

Clark is also chair of the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues.

Helen Clark will present climate change as a defining development challenge for the 21st Century, arguing that unless coordinated global action is urgently stepped-up, climate change could stall and then reverse hard fought progress to reduce extreme poverty and improve the well-being of people around the world.  She will explore the reasons political action has, thus far, been too slow and fragmented; and suggest the steps the world needs to take, including in climate change negotiations this November, to safeguard development gains and advance integrated solutions which curb global warming and advance human development.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Stanford’s Program in Human Biology.